The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics / Edition 1

The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics / Edition 1

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by Steven Palmer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822333724

ISBN-13: 9780822333722

Pub. Date: 10/29/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Long characterized as an exceptional country within Latin America, Costa Rica has been hailed as a democratic oasis in a continent scorched by dictatorship and revolution; the ecological mecca of a biosphere laid waste by deforestation and urban blight; and an egalitarian, middle-class society blissfully immune to the violent class and racial conflicts that have

Overview

Long characterized as an exceptional country within Latin America, Costa Rica has been hailed as a democratic oasis in a continent scorched by dictatorship and revolution; the ecological mecca of a biosphere laid waste by deforestation and urban blight; and an egalitarian, middle-class society blissfully immune to the violent class and racial conflicts that have haunted the region. Arguing that conceptions of Costa Rica as a happy anomaly downplay its rich heritage and diverse population, The Costa Rica Reader brings together texts and artwork that reveal the complexity of the country’s past and present. It characterizes Costa Rica as a site of alternatives and possibilities that undermine stereotypes about the region’s history and challenge the idea that current dilemmas facing Latin America are inevitable or insoluble.

This essential introduction to Costa Rica includes more than fifty texts related to the country’s history, culture, politics, and natural environment. Most of these newspaper accounts, histories, petitions, memoirs, poems, and essays are written by Costa Ricans. Many appear here in English for the first time. The authors are men and women, young and old, scholars, farmers, workers, and activists. The Costa Rica Reader presents a panoply of voices: eloquent working-class raconteurs from San José’s poorest barrios, English-speaking Afro-Antilleans of the Limón province, Nicaraguan immigrants, factory workers, dissident members of the intelligentsia, and indigenous people struggling to preserve their culture. With more than forty images, the collection showcases sculptures, photographs, maps, cartoons, and fliers. From the time before the arrival of the Spanish, through the rise of the coffee plantations and the Civil War of 1948, up to participation in today’s globalized world, Costa Rica’s remarkable history comes alive. The Costa Rica Reader is a necessary resource for scholars, students, and travelers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822333722
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/29/2004
Series:
The Latin America Readers
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
432,042
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
IBirth of an Exception?9
Warriors and Sacred Struggle13
A Conqueror Looks on the Bright Side14
Hunting Indians16
The Execution of Pablo Presbere22
The Trial of Pablo Presbere, Cacique of Suinse23
A Slave's Story26
Free Blacks, Mulattoes, and Mestizos Seek Legitimacy29
Brotherhood of the Virgin31
Life and Labor in the Central Valley, circa 182135
The Fall of Morazan44
Libelous Pornography from 184148
Civilizing Domestic Life in the Central Valley, 1750-185049
IICoffee Nation55
Privatization of the Land and Agrarian Conflict57
Tico Sweepstakes62
Witness to Heroism65
Holidays in Costa Rica, 185869
Denunciation of the Lazarene Brothers84
Building Civilization86
Getting to Know the Unknown Soldier90
The Burning of the Meson97
IIIPopular Culture and Social Policy99
Alleyway of Open Wounds101
Women of the Barrio102
A District Laboratory in Costa Rica109
Autobiography of a Shoemaker112
Maternity121
Prospectus123
The Red Door127
Banana Strike Confidential128
Notice to West Indian Farmers!132
Woman in Window134
A Governor and a Man Faces the Social Problem135
IVDemocratic Enigma139
Petition for Recognition of Voting Rights from a Humble Citizen, 1859143
The Night of San Florencio146
An Outsider's View of Political Society in 1914149
Democrats and Feminists155
Women's Vote-the Day That They Get It160
Hail to the Jefe161
Unlikely Threesome162
The Polarization of Politics, 1932-1948163
Memories of Girlhood in '48170
Democracy on the Brink: The First Figueres Presidency175
VThe Costa Rican Dream183
Means and Ends for a Better Costa Rica187
In Defense of the Corner Store192
A Costa Rican Godfather198
Growing Up in the Dream203
Alcoa No!210
The Crisis: 1980-1982212
The Family219
Imperial Eagle versus Peace Dove223
A Dictionary of Costa Rican Patriotism225
VIOther Cultures and Outer Reaches229
Indigenous Figure233
Dispossessed234
West Indian Limon237
Our Blood Is Blackening243
Everyday Racism, 1932245
My Mother and the Seawall247
The Devil and Don Chico249
Passing: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica257
Taking Care of Sibo's Gifts264
VIIWorking Paradise275
A Community Takes Care of Its Environs279
Caffeinated Miasmas281
Migration and the Costa Rican Environment since 1900284
From Rain Forest to Banana Plantation: A Workers' Eye View293
Pesticides and Parakeets in the Banana Industry298
The River of Milk310
La Loca de Gandoca314
VIIITropical Soundings319
Social Development with Limited Resources323
Visit Beautiful Costa Rica334
Corruption336
The Contemporary Protest Movement340
The Narcotizing of Costa Rican Politics342
Citizens 2000344
On the Recent Protests against the Privatization of the Costa Rican Hydroelectric Company (ICE)345
Building Your Own Home349
Men in Crisis?350
Are the Kids Alright?358
Costa Rica: A Millennial Profile361
Demoperfectocracy364
Suggestions for Further Reading367
Acknowledgment of Copyrights373
Index379

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